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Elwha River: Rebirth of a River

Written on September 9, 2011 at 9:47 am, by

USGS is monitoring and analyzing river fish, waters and sediment before and after the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams.

Hide and Seek

Written on August 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm, by

Secretive and rare stream-dwelling amphibians are difficult to find and study. Scientists at the US Geological Survey and University of Idaho have developed a way to detect free-floating DNA from amphibians in fast-moving stream water.

Stranger than Fiction: The Secret Lives of Freshwater Mussels

Written on August 12, 2011 at 8:52 am, by

Within the rivers, streams, and lakes of North America live over 200 species of freshwater mussels that share an amazing life history. Join us in Reston, VA to explore the fascinating reproductive biology and ecological role of one of nature’s most sophisticated fishermen.

Global Forests Absorb One-Third of Carbon Emissions Annually

Written on July 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm, by

Forests play a significant role in removing carbon from the atmosphere by absorbing one-third of carbon emissions annually. This is according to a new U.S. Forest Service study conducted in collaboration with USGS scientists.

Climate Adaptation of Rice

Written on July 14, 2011 at 9:47 am, by

New USGS research shows that rice could become adapted to climate change and some catastrophic events by colonizing its seeds or plants with the spores of tiny naturally occurring fungi. The DNA of the rice plant itself is not changed; instead, researchers are re-creating what normally happens in nature.

One Relies on the Other

Written on July 5, 2011 at 9:31 am, by

A new study supports the ecological reliance of red knots on horseshoe crabs. The well-being of red knots, a declining shorebird species, is directly tied to the abundance of nutrient-rich eggs spawned by horseshoe crabs.

Picky Pollinators

Written on April 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm, by

Native Bees are Selective About Where They Live and Eat — It’s National Pollinator Week, and here’s groundbreaking research about the world of our native bees.

Investigating the Health of Coastal Alaska

Written on March 28, 2011 at 8:05 am, by

Follow the Pacific Nearshore Project as researchers from the USGS, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other institutions sail Alaskan waters to study sea otters and investigate coastal health.

Species at Risk

Written on March 28, 2011 at 8:05 am, by

USGS science supports management, conservation, and restoration of imperiled, at-risk, and endangered species.

Nature’s Remedy? Lichens May Aid in Fight Against Deadly Wildlife Disease

Written on March 28, 2011 at 8:01 am, by

New USGS research shows that certain lichens can break down the infectious proteins responsible for chronic wasting disease, a troubling neurological disease fatal to wild deer and elk and spreading throughout the United States and Canada.

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